A Portrait Poem by Dorothy Parker

A Portrait

Rating: 3.3

Because my love is quick to come and go-
A little here, and then a little there-
What use are any words of mine to swear
My heart is stubborn, and my spirit slow
Of weathering the drip and drive of woe?
What is my oath, when you have but to bare
My little, easy loves; and I can dare
Only to shrug, and answer, "They are so"?

You do not know how heavy a heart it is
That hangs about my neck- a clumsy stone
Cut with a birth, a death, a bridal-day.
Each time I love, I find it still my own,
Who take it, now to that lad, now to this,
Seeking to give the wretched thing away.

Kentucky Refugee 28 February 2008

What a powerful, sad poem.

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Nudershada Cabanes 28 February 2018

Love can be a burden when it is heavy on the heart from the wear and tear it goes through from loving every now and then.

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Geeta Radhakrishna Menon 28 February 2018

Love is quick to come and go. Dorothy Parker's deep and intense poem portraying a stubborn heart seeking to give the wretched thing away.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 28 February 2018

Touching inscription has been made. Beautiful poem.

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Seamus O Brian 28 February 2018

Was not overly moved by the first stanza, but the work comes into its own with the power of the imagery of the second stanza. Fascinating visual of the heart as a stone whose facets are cut by the experiences of life. The last few lines raise this piece into the realm of the memorable.

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Chinedu Dike 04 March 2022

Quite a touching piece, heart felt and very passionate.

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Dr Dillip K Swain 04 March 2022

An admirable portrait...5 stars.

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Marieta Maglas 28 February 2018

What use are any words of mine to swear My heart is stubborn, and my spirit slow- beautifully written poem -voted 10

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Susan Williams 28 February 2018

I would give this a 10 rating but the voting booth appears closed...again. Sigh. Dorothy sounds a bit in need of encouragement today

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Susan Williams 28 February 2018

Gee, this is about as mellow as Dorothy Parker gets! Her acerbic tongue is half sheathed. I like her- she has a certain style with which she serves her bitters.

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Dorothy Parker

Dorothy Parker

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